Sherwood Anderson Diller

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Sherwood Anderson Diller

Birthdate: (80)
Death: 1993 (80)
Immediate Family:

Son of Waldo Edgar Diller and Maude Diller
Ex-husband of Phyllis Diller
Father of Peter Diller; <private> Diller; <private> Mills (Diller); Stephanie Waldron and <private> Diller

Managed by: Michael Lawrence Rhodes
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About Sherwood Anderson Diller

Born Sherwood Anderson Diller on July 27, 1913 to Waldo Diller and Maude Anderson Diller, he was the first husband of famed comedienne Phyllis Diller. Sherwood met Phyllis Driver when she was a senior at Bluffton College in Ohio. They eloped to Kentucky on November 9, 1939. Within the next year, the first of what was to become a brood of 5 children arrived. Peter was born in 1940, he died of cancer in 1998; next was the couple's first daughter, Sallee, arriving in 1944; followed by Suzanne in 1946; daughter Stephanie was born in 1948, she died of a stroke in 2002; and their last child, a son, Perry, came along in 1950.

The Diller's eventually made their way west to California where Sherwood worked as an inspector at the Alameda Naval Air Station. Over the next decade, he changed jobs numerous times and at one point was a refrigerator salesman at Sears Roebuck.

It was Sherwood who suggested in 1955 that Phyllis audition for San Francisco's Purple Onion night club. She was a smash and was on stage there for the next 89 weeks. As her show business career skyrocketed, he acted as her manager for the first few years. They divorced September 3, 1965 in Los Angeles, California.

Less than 4 weeks before his 80th birthday, he died. He was living at the time in Ventura, California.

Source: Find A Grave

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Age 27
Age 35
Age 80